The 2005 Dry Riesling from the Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard beat out 702 other wines to earn the Governorâ€™s Cup or â€œbest white wineâ€ and â€œbest of show.â€ Last years warmer growing season allowed for a broader wine, according to Wiemer, that isn’t typical for the Lakes. Only 2,000 cases of this $16 wine were produced.
The Finger Lakes region in New York is actually taking it’s place as one of the best regions in the world for Dry Riesling. Except for 2005, Dry Riesling’s from the Finger Lakes region have garnered the New York Wine and Food Classics’s top award since 2000.
Although not all wines from the state are represented in this tasting, it is a pretty good representation of what New York has to offer. Lenn at Lenndevours, a fellow wine blogger focused on New York Wines, compiled the complete list of winners on his website here, and offers a few comments on the contest.